Updated at 11:44,21-11-2017

Lukashenka: massive flow of migrants will not come to Belarus

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The mass flow of migrants from the Middle East will not come to Belarus. This was stated by Aliaksandr Lukashenka during his visit to Belarusian Steel Works in Zhlobin.

"They [the West] have completely destabilized the Arab East and got what they wanted. Therefore, it is their problem, and let them deal with it. This influx is not coming [to Belarus]," said Lukashenka.

He also noted that there are already 150 thousand people from Ukraine in Belarus:

"We have enough of the inflow from Ukraine, the brotherly country. We have [immigrants] about 150 thousands of them. May God help us to digest it," the head of state was quoted by BelTA.

However, he noted that one of the main problems of Belarus is the demographic situation, and, in principle, the country is interested in the increase of the population, including at the expense of workers.

However, a sharp migration of large numbers of people would create certain problems, including increased crime, dissatisfaction of the local population.

"I can see that. This is one of the main issues of the President's work -- to ensure the security of the country. We do not and will not have problems with it. I can guarantee it. We are not going to play some kind of democracy here."

The head of state stressed that Belarus does not close the border for those people who are in trouble.